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Cincinnati Nature Center
Milford, Cincinnati, OH, United States
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Cincinnati Nature Center
Milford, Cincinnati, OH, United States
15 days ago



With general direction from the Executive Director, lead and direct all fundraising, marketing, public relations, and communications activities of Cincinnati Nature Center (CNC). Work in a collaborative manner to provide specific direction to all development staff and serve as a member of the Leadership Team for the organization. Execute all activities with the highest standards for safety, customer service and in keeping with the Nature Center’s mission and core values.

Direct/oversee:  FUNDRAISING: Grants/Major Gifts Manager and Special Events Coordinator; MARKETING: Marketing Manager who oversees the Marketing Team

Essential Job Responsibilities

FUNDRAISING (65%):  Develop and execute plans for all fundraising activities for the organization using data analytics to meet goals for operating income, capital campaigns and projects, endowment and planned giving. Work in close collaboration with the Executive Director, Board Development Committee, Fundraising and Membership Teams to oversee and participate in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Ensure accurate, consistent, and timely reporting of fundraising reports to appropriate staff, volunteers, and board teams. Fundraising goals are achieved through annual campaign, capital campaigns, foundation grants, corporate sponsorships and support, planned giving (including the Rowe Society), honor and memorial contributions (including Celebration Garden gifts), fundraising events, and other special projects as determined.

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS (25%):  Ensure strategic collaboration between Marketing and other departments. Provide guidance to the Marketing Manager who oversees the development, implementation and monitoring of a comprehensive marketing and communications program to achieve the goals of CNC’s strategic plans. Ensure the organization’s brand is consistently communicated both internally and externally. Increase local, regional, and national awareness of CNC through a strategic media plan. Support the Marketing Manager in leading and directing the production of all CNC printed and electronic publications, including membership periodical, Newsleaf, with the highest standards.         

LEADERSHIP TEAM (10%): Serve on the Leadership Team with the Director of Operation and Engagement, Director of Finance and Business Services, Director of the Center for Conservation, Director of Human Resources, Director of Education and Community Impacts, and the Executive Director.    

  • Work cross-functionally with Leadership Team to provide input and general oversight to the operations of the organization to achieve
  • Participate in the development, implementation, and auditing of CNC’s strategic planning process.
  • Personnel needs – select, train, develop, supervise, and evaluate personnel. Ensure adherence to CNC personnel policies and procedures with support/guidance from the Executive Director and Director of Human Resources.
  • Ensure effective communication within the External Relations Team and between the Team and other CNC teams.
  • Develop and manage adherence to the department budget with support and guidance from the Director of Finance. Ensure regular and timely reconciliation of income and expense reports with the finance department.
  • Implement specific procedures and protocols with appropriate levels of approval to ensure consistent maintenance of all paper and electronic files.

 Additional Job Responsibilities

  • Community: Develop and maintain relationships on behalf of CNC within the appropriate local, regional, and national communities.
  • Board of Directors: Serve as staff liaison to the Development Committee, Capital Campaign Committee, the Engagement Committee and serve on the Governance Committee. Attend full Board Meetings, recommend potential board prospects, and assist with new board member orientation. Assist with new BOD orientation.
  • Represent the Nature Center in the local community.
  • Attend organizational functions/events held on evenings or weekends.

 These job responsibilities represent only the essential and most significant duties of the position.  This job description does not exclude other work assignments, directives and responsibilities not mentioned herein.

 Education and Competencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree required or commensurate experience
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of increasing leadership experience in nonprofit fundraising and development
  • Must understand donor database management and use of analytics to drive decision making


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Must maintain confidentiality of sensitive and confidential information


  • Experience working directly with a nonprofit board of directors
  • Collaborative working style
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Knowledge of basic nonprofit office functions
  • Great customer service skills
  • A sense of humor, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit
  • General interest in nature and the environment
  • Must pass background and credit checks and maintain First Aid/CPR certification

 Computer Skills:

  • Proficient in Word, Power Point, Excel and other related software
  • Strong working knowledge of fundraising software including utilization of data analytics for decision making purposes

 Work Environment:

  • Work must be performed on-site, indoors, in an office environment and outdoors in a nature preserve.
  • Local travel may be required. Some travel to regional conferences may be required. When a Nature Center vehicle is not available, the use of personal vehicle (reimbursed at IRS recommended rate) may be needed for Cincinnati Nature Center business.

 Physical Demands:

  • This position requires the following physical activities: pushing, pulling, climbing, bending, stooping, kneeling, twisting, reaching, sitting, standing, walking, lifting, finger dexterity, grasping, repetitive motions, talking, hearing and visual acuity.
  • Sitting for extended periods of time while using a keyboard
  • Standing for extended periods of time while hosting events


Director of Development

Cincinnati Nature Center is seeking an experienced, dynamic fundraising professional with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Cincinnati Nature Center is seeking an experienced fundraising professional to lead the Development Team with responsibility for all fundraising activities including developing, organizing, and implementing a comprehensive strategy to support The Nature Center’s mission. This position will be successful when executing the strategic fundraising plan utilizing knowledge of both CNC’s longstanding history and membership while incorporating the Development Team’s industry expertise. This includes working cross-functionally with the Board of Directors, the Development Committee, internal staff teams, and the community.

Cincinnati Nature Center, founded in 1967, is a nationally recognized leader in environmental education and conservation with: 17,000+ member households, over 250,000 visitors per year, 110+ regular staff, 400+ dedicated volunteers, a $5MM+ operating budget, a $30MM endowment, and two properties in Clermont County east of Cincinnati totaling approximately 1,800 acres and providing nearly 20 miles of hiking trails. For more information visit: .

The Director of Development will report to the Executive Director; working in collaboration with the Leadership Team comprised of Conservation, Finance and Business Services, Education & Community Impacts, Operations and Engagement, and Human Resource departments. Direct reports in the Development Team include a Grants/Major Gifts Manager, a Special Events Coordinator, and a Marketing Manager who oversees marketing strategy, communications, and graphic design efforts.

Candidates should have strong knowledge of fundraising strategies and must be able to demonstrate use of data analytics to support decision making.  A successful candidate will have strong interpersonal skills, enjoy hosting events, and a proven track record of soliciting and procuring gifts of all sizes while developing and strengthening relationships with new and existing donors.  Ability to succinctly communicate The Nature Center’s mission is a must as Cincinnati Nature Center will be launching a capital campaign to kick off in 2023.  Candidates must be committed to the Nature Center’s mission, personable, highly organized, articulate, and have a sense of humor.  A Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree is preferred and an excellent command of the English language is required .  Knowledge of and commitment to sustainable practices are preferred.

Salary will be commensurate with experience.  The position is currently open and will be filled as soon as the right candidate is found. 

 To apply Click Here or visit .  Please include a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and qualifications when applying.   

Employer is EOE/AA/M/F/D/V

Job Information

  • Job ID: 59825085
  • Location:
    Milford, Cincinnati, OH, United States
  • Position Title: Director of Development
  • Company Name: Cincinnati Nature Center
  • Industry: Other / Not Specified
  • Job Function: Annual Giving,
    Capital Campaigns/Endowment,
    Development - General,
    Donor Relations/Stewardship,
    Major Gifts,
    Planned Giving
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Some College
  • Min Experience: 7-10 Years
  • Required Travel: None

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